For a long time the only option that people had when it came time for wearing braces were the old fashioned metal braces with the brackets where you could choose the color of the band around the bracket. But now there are more options for youngsters who are needing to get their teeth straightened for health or for cosmetic reasons. They can choose to get clear brackets on their braces or they can choose to get all around invisible braces which are also known as Invisalign. So what are the pros and cons between Invisalign and old school braces? How do you know which one you should choose for yourself or for your youngster? Glad you asked.
Let’s start by talking about the old school metal braces that many of us know so well. Of course we may not know as much about the invisible braces because, well, they are invisible. But still I think most of us know the most about the metal kind. So the pros of the metal braces. You get to accessorize at every turn. So many young people have such a good time picking out the colors that go with what they usual wear to school or their school colors. It’s the small pleasures. Also it is easy for orthodontists to tighter and adjust the metal braces in one routine appointment. All they have to do is adjust the wires and the brackets with their fancy little tools. There is also some sort of rite of passage is getting these braces on as well and you can do most of what you used to be able to do without the chewing gum, ice chewing, hard candy, pop corn and making out with someone who has the same braces. The cons? You can’t have all of those things I just mentioned including the kissing. Also if you got the wrong color on your bracket then you looked like you had something in your teeth. If you get hit in the mouth in just the right way you could cut your lip and there is often stuff getting stuck in them. Plus you talk a little funny.
Okay now on to invisible braces. What is the pro? They are invisible! You can’t see them! There isn’t a whole lot more that needs to be said about them. No more being teased and being called metal mouth. No more fear of getting hit in the face. No more worry about things getting stuck in your teeth. Plus instead of adjustments you get a totally new retainer. The cons? You have to wear plastic over your teeth all day every day. You have to take them out to eat. You have to get new sizes all of the time which can be a little wasteful and it hurts when you put the new ones in, though it hurts when you get the old ones tighten. As well you have to take them out when you eat. Either way you slice it though you get straight teeth with either kind of braces and that is all that matters.